Ten Mile Lake Park was established as a recreational destination in 1962. The name of the park comes from the milepost on the Pacific Great Eastern Railway that stood here in the early 1900s. There is still evidence of the abandoned rail grade in the park. The tracks had to be relocated because of difficulties in crossing the Cottonwood River north of the park.
The city of Quesnel was established as a supply centre during the Cariboo Gold Rush of the 1860s. It was originally much smaller than nearby Barkerville, which is now preserved as a Historic Town.
Ten Mile Lake Park is situated within the Fraser Basin, an irregular shaped depression of gently rolling hills and shallow lakes covering much of North Central B.C. The park lies in a transition area between the wetter Quesnel Highlands to the east, and the dry Chilcotin Plateau to the west, leading to a wide diversity of plant species. You can find white spruce, Douglas-fir, trembling aspen and lodgepole pine, while the forest floor is home to shrubs like red osier dogwood and saskatoon. Flowers, trees and shrubs are part of the park’s natural heritage, please don’t damage or remove them.
Walk the Beaver Pond trail and view a beaver lodge and series of beaver dams. Ducks Unlimited has placed waterfowl nesting boxes and platforms around the beaver pond.